School Ruler – Measuring Up As Ambassadors

School Ruler – Measuring Up As Ambassadors

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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[ig_toggle heading=”View Object Lesson – Key Points” onload=”closed”]The ruler has a one main purpose which is to see how items “measures up” and meets the only approved standard or measuring stick by which all measurements on a project are judged. A few biblical life lessons come to mind.

As Christians we are called ambassadors of Christ: What is an “Ambassador”? An [1ambassador is an official representative or envoy who represents another sovereign or nation; in this case God and His heavenly kingdom. That person is the resident representative of their own sovereign and appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. The work and outreach we do for the Lord measures or represent what people believe about God. The Bible says. Matthew 5:16 states, “Let your light so shine that everyone will see your good deed and glorify the father who is in heaven” and Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” What do you understand these verses say about us as Ambassadors of God?

How do we “measure up”, meeting the standard of excellence as ambassadors of His kingdom? 2 Corinthians 5:20 declares, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us”. So we become the standard that others look at when they are seeking God because we as an ambassador or the official representative of another government or kingdom. Whatever you do is measured immediately by others as “representing God” to them as well as in the sands of time by what history says about us. What we do is also remembered in the hearts of those who see you.

Instead of seeking a “standard” used by the non-believer (comparing ourselves against others); concentrate on God’s measuring stick described in the Bible. Through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us we can achieve it. Colossians 3:17 describes the importance of our actions; “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God” and Eph. 2:10: “We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that He should receive glory in them”. Phil 4:6 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever is true, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is of good report, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” and when we do this, we will fulfill the royal call as ambassadors of the King, Jesus Christ himself.

The following poem by an unknown author expresses the reality of our walk with the Lord and our work as representatives of His kingdom.
To KNOW Him is to LOVE Him,
To LOVE Him is to SERVE Him
If you don’t SERVE Him, YOU don’t LOVE Him and
If YOU don’t LOVE Him, YOU just don’t KNOW Him!
The question is how do you “measure up” as one seeking Christ’s forgiveness and secondly, if you are His ambassador and are living in Christ’s kingdom will you take the steps necessary to “measure up” as his representative to the world?
Our very position in Christ’s body, the church and His spiritual family is measured by the Living Word, Jesus Christ. The first thing is stated in Romans 3:23 where we find we all fail to “measure up” now. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” but it does not stop there! Verse 24, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ”. More of the answer is in Romans 6:23 where it declares, “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Yes we do not measure up but Jesus stated He is the measuring stick by which entrance into heaven is measured when he said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me (John 14:6). By trust Him as our Savior, we can measure up and become an ambassador then by the power of the Holy Spirit was can fulfill the purposes of such a high position.
External links

1 Look up ambassador in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
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Colored Pencils: Diverse and Beautiful

Colored Pencils: Diverse and Beautiful

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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[ig_toggle heading=”View Object Lesson – Key Points” onload=”closed”]Pencils come in assorted colors and sizes plus come in packages or individually but their uses are about the same. Every color can create beautiful things independent of the rest but when they are used effectively together, each color enhances the beauty of the others. Their purpose is to put on paper the thoughts or mental images of it’s user in a very colorful and memorable way. So it is, as part of the body of believers, since we are uniquely different but all united in one purpose. The purpose is to serve the Lord and reflect his beauty. Colossians 1:15-23 shows the inter-relationship of God the Father, Christ His Son, and us his people. Verse 15 states, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight 23if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister”. You can use a pencil artistically and create an etching worth thousands or a picture so disgraceful one wishes they could erase the image from their memory. The choice is not in the pencil but it’s owner yet the outcome is historic since it is written on the minds of others as well as in the “Book of Works” mentioned in Revelation 15. We are the instrument God uses to share the realities of His kingdom with those around us. As we work together, just as the colors in a pencil pack, we can achieve that goal.[/ig_toggle]

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The Pen – Accent and Underline

The Pen – Accent and Underline

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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I have been conducting sleight of hand magic and ventriloquist puppetry for about 26 years.  During that time, I have always worn a tuxedo shirt and snappy vest so I can make a good first impression and underline and accent the professionalism of what we do.  When I think of how you use a “BIC” to accent by underlining or accent important words or sentences worth remembering.  These illustrations remind me that as Christians, we are the Lord’s accent and image left on the memory of the Lord on the minds of those we have contact.  First Corinthians 10:31 declares: 31”Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.   32Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,   33just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved”.  Colossians 4:6 reinforces this even more by stating, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”.  One great opportunity to provide that accent as a believer is to make our statements uplifting, sensitive and assuring for those who cross our paths.  Living out our faith is being a sermon in shoes!

If you remove the marking mechanism i.e. the ink tube and ball point end, you can use the pen cylinder to annoy others by shooting spit wads at them.  The same pen cylinder can be used as an emergency breathing device (temporary tracheotomy tube) to save a person from suffocation.  As believers, we have the opportunity to greatly affect others in very positive ways that meet their needs and draw them to the Lord we serve.  Or we can be negative, judgmental, unloving and be used in the same negative ways as using the pen cylinder to annoy or hurt others.

You may use the BIC as a relaxation device by slowly spinning or rotating the pen between your fingers.  The Bible is a similar relaxation device for our soul when you put your fingers to use and open it!  The Book of Psalms has hundreds of comforting verses alone.  The plan of salvation and assurance of eternal life are of relaxing assurances in the Bible.  The Bible tells us how to have our sins forgiven, our guilt relieved and a clear path to satisfaction and abundance in life.  Again, it will not help if it is not used.   Today is a good time to start.

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